Monday, November 07, 2005

John 15:13

"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."

Thank you, God, for Ben and his willingness to serve. Thank you that we know, by first person testimony, that he had a part in freeing a grateful people and keeping a grateful people free.

His mom is quoted as saying: "He believed in the mission and told us he knew what they were doing was right."

When we welcomed my nephew home last year, after his first tour in Iraq, he was dusty, exhausted and very shy about all the attention we lavished on him. He was just doing what he loved to do and knew was the right thing to do. We've had many military members in our family. This is the first time in a long time that we've suffered a loss. His uncle, in the Navy, will escort his body home to a family that understands this sacrifice but is still heartbroken at this loss. Your prayers for their comfort will be appreciated.

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Gen. 50:20


Ron R said...

Our condolences.

Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family --


Anonymous said...

What a handsome young man. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Bonnie Hoskins said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you and them for their very great sacrifice for our freedom. May God carry you all through this loss.
We love you,
Bonnie Hoskins

Anonymous said...

Kay and family--our family will keep yours in our thoughts during your difficult time. thank you for ben's sacrifice so that our country can be what it is today and helping a country try to become a better place to raise their families. ben is a beautiful boy! remember him with smiles.
beth mclean and family

Anonymous said...

When Ben marched into heaven the joy was unspeakable but for those who miss him the sadness can be palpable. When we lost our Benjamin our pastor told us to "just let God love you" and we could not have received better advice. So I pass it on to you now, just let God love you. Though your family has always served others and given so much, now is the time to receive and to know it is God loving you. We are praying for you.

Brian and Katherine LaTouche

Kay Brooks said...

Thank you all for your kindness. It does help to know that folks took a moment out of their own busy lives to speak a word of comfort.